Campari Fennel Spritzer

Attention Campari fans! If you are looking for a refreshing cocktail that features the soft and subtle anise flavor of the herb fennel, you are going to love this Campari Fennel Spritzer.

I have always loved mixing, blending and experimenting with herbs in cocktails. I actually took a course in Mixology back in the day, and after only a few paid bartending gigs, I realized I am better on the other side of the bar! I still love playing bartender to my husband and friends, there are unlimited delicious possibilities!

Campari Fennel Spritzer (makes 2 cocktails)

Handful of fennel fronds, plus small sprigs for garnish
5 lemon wheels
6 ounces dry sparkling wine or Prosecco
2 oz. Campari
2 oz. simple syrup (see Note)
Two 2-inch-long strips of lemon peel

In a cocktail shaker, combine the fennel fronds with the lemon wheels, sparkling wine, Campari and simple syrup. Muddle 20 times. Add ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled, ice-filled mason jar. Squeeze the lemon peel over the drink and add it to the glass. Garnish with the fennel sprig and serve.

NOTE: To make simple syrup, simmer 1/2 cup water with 1/2 cup sugar in a small saucepan over moderate heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Let the syrup cool. The simple syrup can be refrigerated for up to 1 month.

Here's a thought, to really impress your guests, coat the rim of your glasses with powdered sugar before frosting them, (I'm thinking festive holiday cocktail??)


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